Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has revealed in an interview with Billboard that a number of songs off the band’s latest studio album, Kintsugi, are about his ex-wife, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel, saying that he won’t state which ones they are specifically but thinks they’re “fairly obvious.”
Gibbard remarked, “I’m not going to change the way I’ve always written for fear of people correctly or incorrectly assigning a name and face to these songs. I’ve always written about my life and the lives of people around me, and how everything intersects.”
The 38-year-old Gibbard finalized his divorce from actress Zooey Deschanel in 2012 after three years of marriage to the 35-year-old New Girl star.
Another song on Kintsugi, called “Good Help (Is So Hard To Find),” was inspired by Gibbard’s time spent living in Los Angeles while he was married.
He explained, “Being around people in entertainment who are fairly well-known, I noticed all these neuroses and psychoses . . . (celebrity) is a strange way of living one’s life.”
Kintsugi was released on March 31st and debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart last week at Number Eight, selling 56,000 copies in its first week on sale.
The disc is Death Cab’s eighth studio album and first without founding guitarist/producer Chris Walla, who left the lineup last year to pursue personal projects.
The Seattle-based band will launch a full slate of North American tour dates on April 23rd in Kansas City, Missouri.